The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is the gateway to life in the Spirit. It is the means through which we gain access to the other sacraments. Through baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God. By baptism we become members of Christ and his church.
The partner parishes of Connellsville have official guidelines for baptism sponsors, as well as the appropriate number of godparents required. Furthermore, parents are required to follow the requirements for godparents and/or sponsors as required by the code of canon law and the policy of the Diocese of Greensburg.
In the event that neither the candidate, nor the parents or guardians select a sponsor, pastors may appoint a member of the parish community to fill the role of sponsor. Many parents are often concerned that they cannot find a suitable godparent for a variety of reasons (i.e., unavailability of family members, being new to the area or unfamiliar with parishioners, etc.).
In such cases, pastors have the responsibility of assisting parents and candidates in the selection of a parishioner to serve as a godparent.
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